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11/9/2021
NHS Highland Appeals To The Public As Covid Wave Continues To Rise
NHS Highland is appealing to the public for its support and understanding as we continue to face unprecedented pressures across our health and social care system.   Our staff have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and have played a crucial role in helping keep our communities safe.  
11/9/2021
Are you re-opening your business, or planning to do so shortly?Thumbnail for article : Are you re-opening your business, or planning to do so shortly?
If you're bringing back your employees part time, you can claim furlough flexibly for them under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), part of the UK Government's Plan for Jobs.   You have until 11.‌‌59pm this coming Tuesday‌‌ ‌14‌‌ ‌September to claim for Aug‌‌ust.  
11/9/2021
Danger to Babies If Pregnant women Drink Alcohol And No Safe Amount
The Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership along with NHS Highland are raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).   FASD is the leading known preventable cause of learning disability worldwide.  
10/9/2021
Desperate Covid Measures - Vaccine Certification Plans Approved By Scottish Parliament
Scheme will come into effect on 1st October 2021 The Scottish Parliament has approved the use of Coronavirus vaccination certificates to enter some events and higher risk venues.   MSPs voted in favour of the measure, which will come into effect on Friday October 1, aimed at reducing risk while maximising our ability to keep open certain settings and events where transmission is a higher risk and encouraging uptake of the vaccine.  
10/9/2021
The Power Of The Sun - European Bank For Reconstruction And DevelopmentThumbnail for article : The Power Of The Sun - European Bank For Reconstruction And Development
Seven solar stories from the EBRD regions The end of summer is nigh.  Temperatures are falling and the days are getting shorter.  
10/9/2021
£1.5m Further Investment In Visitor Management Approved By Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : £1.5m Further Investment In Visitor Management Approved By Highland Council
Given the importance of tourism to the Highland economy and the need for the tourism experience to be positive for visitors and communities, members have agreed to extend the Visitor Management Plan funding into the 2022 season by a one-off investment of £1.5m.   A one-off Visitor Management Plan investment of £2.4m agreed by the Council in March 2021 for this year's season has enabled a range of service improvements.  
10/9/2021
CBI SCOTLAND RESPONDS TO SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT VACCINE PASSPORT APPROVAL
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:"Covid status certification has the potential to be a useful tool in managing risk in large venues.  However, any rollout must be on the basis of close cooperation and coordination with businesses to ensure ease of access, ease of use, and ease of implementation.  
10/9/2021
Ferry Crisis Ongoing For Western Coast Ferries
A new ferry could be on the horizon it was revealed on Thursday after Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant cornered Transport Minister Graeme Dey MSP in the Holyrood Chamber, demanding to know when the Scottish Government was going to increase ferry capacity across the West Coast Network.   Following the initial question, Mr Dey tried to herald the removal of Covid restrictions and the introduction of the MV Arrow, which CalMac are third in the queue of contracts to call on, as solutions to the long running complaints of lack of capacity.  
10/9/2021
Council approves the development of a Future Highlands Strategy
Members at the meeting of Highland Council, on 9 September 2021, have approved the development of a Future Highlands Strategy with the development of a Green Energy Hub in Highland at its heart.   The Future Highlands strategy is intended to take a partnership approach to capitalising on the unique opportunities and natural assets available in the Highlands relating to green energy, tourism, workforce, innovation, science and skills.  
10/9/2021
Dr John Campbell - Pandemic Changing Age ProfilesThumbnail for article : Dr John Campbell - Pandemic Changing Age Profiles
This video was uploaded on 9 September 2021.   Dr Campbell examines the facts..  
10/9/2021
Gdp Monthly Estimate, Uk: July 2021
Gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have grown by 0.1% in July 2021, and remains 2.1% below its pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic level (February 2020).   Production output increased by 1.2% in July 2021 and was the main contributor to GDP growth; boosted by the reopening of an oil field production site, which was previously temporarily closed for planned maintenance.  
10/9/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 9 September 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 9th) sold 9411 store lambs.   Cheviot wedder lambs (8161) averaged £67.94 and sold to £130 gross for a pen of lambs from Burnbank, Isle of Canna.  
10/9/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 10 September 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 10th) sold 5,999 store lambs.   Cheviot wedder lambs (1,185) averaged £62.53 (up £3.63 on the year) and sold to £82 gross from Ham Farm, Thurso and Ardchronie, Ardgay.  
9/9/2021
Official Announcement about New Tax changes From HMRC
Yesterday the government announced tax changes to fund £12 billion a year to be spent on the NHS and social care across the UK.   National Insurance contributions (NICs) will increase by 1.25% for one year only for employees, employers and the self-employed from‌‌ ‌April‌‌ ‌2022.  
9/9/2021
Levelling Up & Community Renewal: A Focus On The Highland Council AreaThumbnail for article : Levelling Up & Community Renewal: A Focus On The Highland Council Area
This report by the Fraser of Allender Institute was commissioned by Highland council.  It was first published 8 September 2021.  
9/9/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 9 September 2021
6,836 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   67,701 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 10.8% of these were positive.  
9/9/2021
Scottish shopworkers speak out about violence, threats and abuse - Usdaw welcomes new protection of workers law
Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed a new law to protect Scottish shopworkers from violence, threats and abuse coming into force on 24 August 2021.  The union is urging shopworkers to report incidents to ensure the legislation is able to have an effect on ever increasing incidents.  
9/9/2021
Spirit Of The Highlands - Photography And Filming Tenders AdvertisedThumbnail for article : Spirit Of The Highlands - Photography And Filming Tenders Advertised
On behalf of The Highland Council, High Life Highland has this week advertised a tender and invitation to quote seeking creative filming and photography input to the Inverness Castle - Spirit of the Highlands project.   The tender and invitation to quote will contribute to Spirit:Journeys, a natural and cultural heritage initiative that will deliver many benefits for local communities, helping to unlock economic potential and improve visitor experiences across the region.  
9/9/2021
Business Travel Has Changed and May Never Get Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels
As the pandemic continues more stories are appearing about how the pandemic as affected and will continue to affect Business Travel.   Online meetings and conferences have taken over much of the business world leading to a down turn air travel, hotel bookings and pub and restaurant visits.  
9/9/2021
Holyrood Scraps Plan For Public Energy Company
From Daily Business.   A plan to set up a state-owned energy company has been dropped by the Scottish Government, Daily Business has learned.